Crossing Streams was shown at the Narrandera Arts and Community Centre as part of the Activating Narrandera Arts program. Curated by local artist Jason Richardson the exhibition was an end result of a project based on Haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry formatted in 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables.
Jason facilitated workshops earlier in the year working with local Narrandera residents developing the Haiku poems. Twitter and email were also used
to submit Haiku which came from locals aged from 8 to 65 years old. The Haiku were then sent to Naviar Records in London, and Disquiet Junto in San Francisco to be distributed to musicians who created musical responses. Recordings came from all over the world including the United States, Canada, UK, France, Czech Republic and Australia. Jason also captured images from around Narrandera which reflected the themes in the Haiku.
The exhibition was shown at the Narrandera Arts Centre in October and also included a second exhibition; Slow Book Haiku, a collaboration between Dr Greg Pritchard, who wrote the Haiku, and Kelly Leonard who wove the poetry into fabric form.
The exhibition opening drew a large crowd and included a live musical performance of Fiona Caldarevic’s composition by pianist Mary Sutcliffe and Elizabeth Walsh on Viola. Three workshops were also held during the exhibition: a writing workshop facilitated by Dr Greg Pritchard, another writing workshop with Peita Vincent, a weaving workshop facilitated by Kelly Leonard.